South Warren knows when it needs to take care of business.
That’s exactly what it did Friday night.
Hosting Logan County in an anticipated matchup between a pair of one-loss teams with high-powered offenses, the Spartans were dominant in all facets and rolled to a 53-6 win over the Cougars at Spartan Stadium to close the regular season on a high note.
South Warren (9-1 overall) built a 20-0 lead after the opening quarter and led 27-6 at halftime. The Spartans later unloaded for 26 points in the third to be up 53-6 entering the fourth and were able to cruise from that point forward.
Kobe Martin led the way for South Warren – which finished with 401 total yards – with 13 carries for 83 yards and four touchdowns, while Mason Willingham went 5-for-8 passing for 110 yards and a touchdown. Tomi Mustapha made three receptions for 75 yards and a TD, while Jantzen Dunn rushed for 56 yards and a score.
Before suffering a left leg injury late in the second quarter, Logan County quarterback Tyler Ezell was 8-for-18 passing for 91 yards and a TD. Ezell missed the entire second half, had an air cast on his left leg and was on crutches.
The Cougars (8-2) were held to just 104 total yards and committed three turnovers.
After Logan County punted on its opening drive, South Warren quickly went to work.
Needing just one play to find the end zone, the Spartans scored on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Willingham to Mustapha to make it 7-0 at the 8:02 mark of the first quarter. Willingham threw left to Mustapha, and the receiver broke loose down the sideline and wasn’t stopped.
The Cougars punted again on their second series – and the Spartans took advantage of it. Covering 49 yards with five plays, South Warren capped its second drive with a 25-yard touchdown run from Martin. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, but the Spartans led 13-0 at the 4:50 mark.
South Warren added to its side of the scoreboard just under three minutes later as Martin scored from six yards out. After Willingham connected with Chidi Afam for a gain of 31 yards – and a 15-yard pass interference penalty was called on the next play – Martin ran for a gain of five before crossing the pylon on the next play to make it 20-0 with 2:03 left in the first.
Logan County finally found an answer early into the second as Ezell threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Sells to cut the Cougars’ deficit to 20-6, but Martin responded with a five-yard TD run to put the Spartans up 27-6 at the break.
South Warren continued to dominate throughout the second half.
Scoring 26 points in the third quarter alone off touchdown runs from Dunn, Martin and Logan Crick, and a 25-yard fumble recovery TD by Konner Mason, the Spartans pushed their advantage to a comfortable 53-6 entering the fourth and were able to cruise from there.
With the regular season now in the books, both teams turn their attention to the playoffs. South Warren will host Greenwood next Friday at 7 p.m. for a first-round Class 5A matchup, while Logan County’s first-round opponent isn’t set yet.
South Warren 53, Logan County 6
LCHS – 0 6 0 0 — 6
SWHS – 20 7 26 0 — 53
SWHS – Tomi Mustapha 53 pass from Mason Willingham (Eldar Dervisevic kick), 8:02
SWHS – Kobe Martin 24 run (Two-point conversion fails), 4:50
SWHS – Martin 6 run (Dervisevic kick), 2:03
LCHS – Jaden Sells 14 pass from Tyler Ezell (Kick missed), 9:20
SWHS – Martin 5 run (Dervisevic kick), 5:15
SWHS – Jantzen Dunn 56 run (Kick missed), 11:48
SWHS – Martin 8 run (Dervisevic kick), 7:42
SWHS – Konner Mason 25 fumble recovery (Dervisevic kick), 6:28
SWHS – Logan Crick 3 run (Kick missed), 2:41